As the sun came up over downtown Duluth Tuesday morning, supporters of DFL congressional candidate Rick Nolan drank coffee and held signs promoting Nolan and taking digs at incumbent Republican congressman Chip Cravaack. Among those outside the Duluth Playhouse where the debate will take place were a few dozen United Steel Workers Union members who traveled to Duluth from Iron Range communities.
Sue Pierce was among them in the photo below. She said she was from Hibbing.
The hour-long debate was set to begin at 8 am. Cravaack and Nolan are engaged in what’s believed to be one of the most competitive congressional races in the country. Democrats have had their eyes on the seat since the fall of 2010 when Cravaack defeated long-time DFL Congressman Jim Oberstar. Numerous outside special-interest groups are pouring hundreds of thousands of dollars into the race.